Mortgage closing costs have been coming down in recent years, which is good news for buyers. But if you're buying a home in the near future, you'll want to ensure you're prepared to take full advantage of these lower fees - after all, keeping more money in your pocket is always good. When you close on your mortgage, take these three steps and you'll find that you'll pay far less in closing fees than most buyers would.
Ask The Seller To Pay Some Of The Closing Costs
In most situations, the buyer is responsible for paying all closing costs – that's the industry standard agreement. But just because that's what generally happens most of the time, that doesn't mean you need to pay all the closing costs on your new home.
Negotiate with the sellers to see if they'd be willing to cover some of the closing costs. If you want to make a deal like this, though, you'll want to add an extra incentive for the sellers to agree to it. Tell the sellers that they can choose any closing date they wish, or offer to accept the home "as-is" rather than requesting repairs.
Use The Money You Save For An Extra Annual Payment
With lower closing costs come savings that you can either pocket or spend. One great way to leverage lower closing costs is to use the amount of money you saved with reduced closing fees as an extra mortgage payment.
Most lenders will allow you to make one extra lump sum payment per year, without penalty - and by making this extra payment every year, you'll save on interest payments. So use the money you saved in closing costs as part of an extra payment to reduce your debt load.
Reducing your closing costs and taking advantage of the lower fees is easy if you know what you're doing. A mortgage advisor can help you to understand what closing fees are negotiable and how you can budget for success. If you feel like now is the time to look at purchasing a new home, contact your trusted real estate advisor for details on how to get started.